Review: Chene Bleu 2015 Aliot and 2012 Abelard

Based at “an ancient site in the up-and-coming Mont Ventoux wine region of Southern France,” Chene Bleu has been producing estate-grown wines in this Rhone-based region since 2006. Designed to be sustainable, biodynamic, and organic in both viticulture and winemaking, the operation currently produces five different wines, two of which we had the pleasure of…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #4 and Discovery Series #4

Bardstown Bourbon Co. continues to hum along with bi-annual releases of its Fusion and Discovery Series lines. If you’re keeping score at home, these appear to be hitting shelves twice a year, in spring/summer and late fall. As always, the Fusion line blends in-house stocks with older, sourced bourbons while the Discovery series is made…

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Recipe: Greenpoint Cocktail

If you’ve got a bottle of Yellow Chartreuse in the bar and can’t figure out what to do with it, here’s a solution for you: the Greenpoint. Like the Red Hook, it’s another variation on the timeless classic Brooklyn cocktail, and also like that cocktail, it is named for a neighborhood in that most hipster…

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Review: NV Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc

Cutting back on booze a bit — but not too much? Check out New Zealand-based Brancott Estate’s Flight Song, which is “20% lighter in calories,” thanks in large part to a 9% abv. Brancott doesn’t offer a whole lot of information on how it has lowered the alcohol level of its wines, but we didn’t…

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Review: One Eight Distilling District Made Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Washington, D.C.’s One Eight Distilling has released a steady stream of very limited editions over the last year or so. We already took a look at their impressive single barrel cask strength rye, but their Bottled in Bond Rye sold out last spring before we could even get our hands on it. Fortunately, the good…

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Review: Founders Brewing KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Mackinac Fudge Stout

It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the different barrel-aged beers out there, and lately, it seems, some of them are just getting downright ridiculous. For a good example of what I’m talking about, look no further than Founders’ newest spin on their venerable Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS). The KBS Maple…

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Review: 1800 Tequila – Reposado, Anejo, and Cristalino

1800 is a tequila brand that seems always to be on the shelf, yet our coverage is a bit spotty, including reviews of the blanco, extra anejo, and even a coconut flavored expression. Today we fill in the gaps — looking at the reposado, anejo, and new cristalino expressions from this label, the lattermost of…

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Review: Firestone Walker 805 Cerveza

805 Cerveza is Firestone Walker’s fresh spin on Mexican-style beer, a crisp lager brewed with a touch of lime — so you needn’t worry about squeezing a chunk of fruit that someone’s pawed over with their dirty fingers into your beer. Anyone worry about that? Moving on. The beer is a solid example of a…

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